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Avli Lounge Apartments
Ranked #2 of 175 Hotels in Rethymnon
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 4 March 2012

My husband and I spent three days of our honeymoon at Avli and loved every minute. We got lost finding it - like one of the other reviewers - but when we arrived, we felt so well taken care of, that our stress melted away in minutes. Thanasis and his team were friendly and attentive and made us feel relaxed and at home from the getgo.

The place is almost magical with its beautifully appointed rooms and movie-set-like courtyard. Every nook and cranny has been decorated with something--pots of fresh herbs, vintage glass, and vine-covered trellis. The place is a perfect romantic get away. We stayed in the Brown room which has a lovely balcony looking over the courtyard. That first night we arrived, a wedding was scheduled and we were actually given a free half-bottle of red wine to enjoy, so we sat out on our terrace, and danced to the music flowing up from the courtyard.

We also did the cooking class. We were joined by another American couple and chatted the night away while we cooked and watched the restaurant owner herself tell us stories and show us how things were made. It was 4 hours of great food and free flowing wine and conversation as the sun set. Again. Magical.

At the end of three days we felt we already knew everyone so well. When it came to leave, we had one of those awful morning flights, and Thanasis insisted on waking up himself to call us and make sure we were up...at like, 4am. They'd also gone to the trouble of putting our breakfast in our fridge the night before. So accommodating.

The breakfasts were incredible -- several courses with lots of choices including famous greek yogurt and eggs any style with optional sides of delicious sausage, and of course coffee and fresh juice.

Long story long, we can't recommend Avli enough. (This is our way of saying thanks for the memories!)

  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 February 2012

Me, My husband and our little girl spent four nights at the Avli Hotel last November after 3 nights in Heraklio.
The staffs were so courteous upon our arrival. The room was great. It was very comfortable to sleep and it was cleaned daily to a very high standard.
The breakfasts were excellent.
Great location, easy walking distance to the city centre.
I wouldn't hesitate in recommending anyone to stay here.

  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled with family
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5  Thank Aristea_Gian
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Reviewed 27 November 2011

The Avli apartments are nice but pricey at 215 Euros a night in late September. These are stylish rooms in a former Venetian style palazzo with every detail thought out – such as slippers, mini bar, radio etc. Much as you would expect for a 4 star hotel in any big city. Our room was nice, though smaller than we expected and a bit dark, with a building opposite and it quite close proximity for the view. The welcome was warm and service helpful, with Thanasis managing the place extremely efficiently. Breakfasts were very good too, with plenty of choice and flexibility in the time you want to take it. We ate in the restaurant two nights and it was good, though prices the same as London. The wine list is extensive, though fairly overpriced, with 100 % mark up on the on shop prices for the ones we selected. Overall, our stay was really pleasant, but we wouldn’t return because of the quality value ratio. In Crete you can find fantastic rooms with great, fresh breakfasts for anything between 35 to 80 Euros a night depending on level, so 215 Euros is quite a hike.

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  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank Mary64
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Reviewed 26 November 2011

My husband and I along with two of our friends stayed at Avli in July of 2011. We made an error in following the directions and after finding the hotel our nerves were a little frazzled from the multiple left turns required. It was such a wonderful welcoming that we received as we checked in. There was wine, beer and small snacks as well as general conversation about our trip and what we wanted to do while we were in Crete. This was followed by fantastic restaurant and activity recommendations. We were directed to the best beaches based on what we were looking for. Breakfast each morning was amazing fresh and great coffee in a beautiful courtyard restaurant. We would absolutely return. This was the least expensive hotel of our trip and it was certainly the best value.

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank yote00
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Reviewed 6 November 2011

In end of october we stayed one week in Avli hotel. We had the Green room.
We arrived late in the evening and we were served some little snacks on the house, e.g. cheese, fruits and nuts. Also we got some very good wine to drink.
Our room was spacious, the photos on the website of Avli show how it is. In our room we found also some nuts, jar of jam, and a small bottle of alcohol.
In the cupboards there were bathrobes and bathslippers. In bathroom we found natural products from Apivita.
In our room there wasn't so much daylight. This wasn't such a big problem for us because during daytime we travelled around the island. In summertime could this be positive because it wont get too hot in room.

There is no breakfastbuffet like we were used in other hotels. In Avli hotel it is possible to choose your breakfast from a small menucard.
We liked the breakfast, for example every morning fresh orangejuice and delicious yoghurt with fruits. We also liked the Cretan omlettes.

If you rent a car, you can't park the car next to the hotel but a guided parking is very close to the hotel. Thanassis was also helpful to suggest us which places we could visit on Crete.


What did we like:
- We liked the whole atmosphere;
- the personal attention of the "Avli-crew";
- the hotel is in Old town of Rethymon close to harbour, shops and many restaurants;
- the food in the restaurant was very good, the portions of the main course were big;
- when we were asked how we slept, than we said that we found that the matrass was hard, they solved the problem and put a top-matrass on our bed to make it softer.

What we didn't like:
- the day that we had to leave.

We send greetings to everyone from Avli.

Ave and Wietze

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 October 2011

We were quite simply blown away by Avli! We stayed for 5 nights in the Green Suite – an immaculate room with lovely decor. The room is serviced once a day with fresh sheets and towels. We were a little cold one night and mentioned this as a passing comment in conversation and when we returned to our room we found an extra blanket. It was a simple and thoughtful touch and just an example of the attention to detail. We dined in the Avli restaurant on the first and last night – the menu and the food is superb! Breakfast was included in the booking price and was delicious – especially when eaten alfresco in the garden courtyard!

We were never lost for something to do or somewhere to go as Thanasis and the Team were always on hand to recommend beautiful sites to visit within an hour’s drive of Rethymnon. Or even if you’re just looking for a good place to catch the football and enjoy a cold beer – you only need to ask!

The staff is so friendly and attentive we felt so comfortable and relaxed from the moment we arrived. Never before have we experienced such wonderful and generous hospitality and service. The location and the environment are perfect - but it is without a shadow of a doubt the entire team at Avli that made our holiday so unforgettable! Thank you!!

Room Tip: We stayed in the Green Suite which was lovely! Had the privilege to look at the Red Suite, very roma...
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  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 October 2011

From the time we arrived in Crete, we received a very warm welcome from the hotel's manager, Thanasis, who has received much praise in other reviews. He really goes out of his way to meet all the guests needs.

The Avli is a beautiful inn with lots of detail in the decoration. However, we did not find it to be the most comfortable room. The bed was extremely hard, but we were able to request a pillow topper. The bathroom was in the main room instead of separate and a bit cramped. The large jacuzzi tub was enjoyable, but looked a bit worn.

The restaurant attached the hotel is excellent. There a good selection of breakfast options, and the dinners we had were the best in Crete!

Overall, I would say that if you are coming to Crete, this is a great hotel to stay at where you get the flavor of true Greek life. As long as you are not expecting a five star hotel experience you will be very happy. However, for a "honeymoon" experience I would suggest looking at other parts of Greece such as Santorini.

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Address: Xanthoudidou 22 & Radamanthios, Rethymnon, Crete 74100, Greece
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Region: Greece > Crete > Rethymnon Prefecture > Rethymnon
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Romantic Hotel in Rethymnon
#2 Luxury Hotel in Rethymnon
#4 Business Hotel in Rethymnon
#5 Family Hotel in Rethymnon
Price Range: £57 - £183 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Avli Lounge Apartments 4*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Small boutique - only ten suites - hotel in the middle of the old town of Rethymno. Each suite ranges from 375 sq.feet to 645 sq.feet and each is decorated differently using a color scheme. Two junior suites and one penthouse suite feature an open plan Jacuzzi tub inside the room and two junior and the two executive suites feature same Jacuzzi tub in a separate area. All suites are equipped with a refrigerator/mini bar, satellite TV, stereo, safe deposit box, internet access. The penthouse suite features two balconies, one executive suite features a Romeo&Juliet balcony and the second executive suite features one balcony. The building itself is a 15th-century Venetian mansion that was renovated in 2006. The suites are served by an award winning restaurant - considered one of the best in Greece - featuring a wine cellar with over 400 labels of wine and a courtyard where guests can enjoy their a la carte breakfast (included n the price of the suite). ... more   less 
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